GHS Summary for Acrylonitrile

The Globally Harmonized System (GHS) for Hazard Classification and Labeling (UN 2009, GHS 3rd ed.) was developed to provide a common basis for chemical classification and labeling throughout the world.  The GHS system is in the process of being implemented in the U.S., Canada, EU and elsewhere in the world and will result in changes to existing national/regional hazard communication regulations.  While the exact details of the GHS implementation have not been finalized in many countries, a summary of the GHS classifications for AN from the recent EU registration dossier are presented below.

Summary of Acrylonitrile Hazard Classification by GHS/CLP1 Criteria


Hazard

Classification

Signal Word

Hazard Statement

Symbol

PHYSICAL HAZARDS

Flammable Liquids

Category 2

Danger

Highly Flammable Liquid and Vapor

flamme

ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARDS

The Aquatic Environment

Acute Toxicity

Not Classified

 

 

 

Chronic Toxicity

Category 2

None

Toxic to aquatic life with long lasting effects

pollut

HEALTH HAZARDS

Acute Toxicity

Category 3

Danger

Toxic if swallowed, in contact with skin, or if inhaled

skull

Skin Corrosion / Irritation

Category 2

Warning

Causes skin irritation

exclam

Serious Eye Damage / Eye Irritation

Category 1

Danger

Causes serious eye damage

none

Respiratory or Skin Sensitization

Category 1 (skin)

Warning

May cause an allergic skin reaction

exclam

Germ Cell Mutagenicity

Not Classified

 

 

 

Carcinogenicity

Category 2

Warning

Suspected of causing cancer

silhouet

Reproductive Toxicity

Category 2

Warning

Suspected of damaging fertility or the unborn child

silhouet

Specific Target Organ Toxicity

 

 

 

-  Single Exposure

Category 3

Warning

May cause respiratory irritation

exclam

-  Repeated Exposure

Not Classified

 

 

 

Aspiration Hazard

Not classified

 

 

 

1Based on 2010 acrylonitrile dossier for the EU Classification, Labeling and Packaging (CLP) regulation.

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